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Population projections


Health coverage


  • Sixty-three percent of undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota's four-year institutions graduate within six years. There has been an upward trend in the six-year graduation rate at Minnesota's four-year institutions over the last decade, with Minnesota gradually pulling away from the national graduation rate.
  • Half of students enrolled in Minnesota's two-year institutions graduate or transfer to another institution within three years. We've seen this rate decline in recent years, from 55 percent in 2011 to 50 percent in 2014.


This can be a somewhat volatile measure. For example, North Dakota, which experienced incredibly strong year-over-year job growth for several years, is now at the very bottom of the state ranking list.

Median income (all households)

Median income (older adult-headed households)


  • Residents of Duluth, Fargo-Moorhead, La Crosse, Rochester, and St. Cloud enjoy the best air quality of metros in the state, while residents of the Twin Cities metro typically have the fewest "good" Air Quality Index days.
  • Air quality has been on the decline in the Twin Cities metro area since 2013. Back then, 64 percent of days in the metro were rated as having "good" air quality, compared to 50 percent in 2016.
  • Of the 20 Minnesota counties that monitored air quality at least half the year in 2016, Cook County topped the list for share of days with "good" air quality. Mille Lacs, Beltrami, and Lake followed close behind. At the other end of the ranking list, Washington and Hennepin posted the smallest shares of "good" days.

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Updated June 2017

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Featured trend

Minnesota High school students graduating on time
education trend

High school graduation rates rise

Over the past decade, the proportion of Minnesota students graduating from high school on time has increased by nearly 7 percentage points. Black and Hispanic students' on-time graduation rates have each increased by 24 percentage points in the past decade, from 41 percent in 2006 to 65 percent in 2016. Graduation rates continue to be lower for Minnesota students of color than white students.

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The older adult population is large – and growing!

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